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Covid Stories from East Africa and Beyond

Lived Experiences and Forward-Looking Reflections

edited by Mary Njeri Kinyanjui, Roopal Thaker, Kathryn Toure

The coronavirus has rattled humanity, tested resolve and determination, and redefined normalcy. This compelling collection of 29 short stories and essays brings together the lived experiences of covid19 through a diversity of voices from across the African continent. The stories highlight challenges, new opportunities, and ultimately the deep resilience of Africans and their communities. Bringing into conversation the perspectives of laypeople, academics, professionals, domestic workers, youth, and children, the volume is a window into the myriad ways in which people have confronted, adapted to, and sought to tackle the coronavirus and its trail of problems. The experiences of the most vulnerable are specifically explored, and systemic changes and preliminary shifts towards a new global order are addressed. Laughter as a coping mechanism is a thread throughout.

ISBN 9789956551545 | 312 pages | 229 x 152mm | 2020 | Langaa RPCIG, Cameroon | Paperback


eBook ISBN: 9789956551798


"African women and men tell their stories, rich in the value systems of our cultures."

Fatma Alloo, Founder, Tanzania Media Women’s Association (TAMWA)

"In these times of change, Africa can help us understand how to live more fully."

Joanna Grace Farmer, Building Community Capacity… Remembering our Legacy of Love

"These ordinary voices will open your eyes."

Michèle Foster, Professor and Henry Heuser Jr. Endowed Chair, University of Louisville

"Brilliant and timely – from stories of everyday life to reflections on structural issues."

Sitawa Namwalie, Kenyan, Poet, Playwright and Performer



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